Two-tailed Pashas at the Gibraltar Botanic Gardens

This summer the Botanic Gardens have installed a number of butterfly feeding tables, which have been a great success.  

The tables are supplied with succulent, mature, cut fruit, and butterflies love to drink the juices as the fruits begin to ferment.  In particular, Two-tailed pashas Charaxes jasius, are the most prolific of species, with many coming to feed in the mornings and early afternoons.  They are sometimes joined by Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria, butterflies and on occasions the Monarch butterfly.  Also wasps and beetles are attracted to the table.  Its been a great success with the public and tourists alike, who are seen taking photos of the aggregation of butterflies at the table.  Behind we can see orange flowers of the Milkweed, Asclepias curassavica, the foodplant of the Monarch butterfly.  You may be lucky to see the Monarch caterpillars, in their yellow and black colouration, and their striking horns, feeding on the leaves of this plant.  Also behind this table are the blue flowers of the Heliotrope, a sweet scented favourite of other species of butterflies, such as the Small White Pieris rapae, the Andalusian Blue, Polyommatus celina, and the Geranium Bronze butterfly Cacyreus marshalli.

 

Please come to the gardens to enjoy the profusion of butterfly species and take some nice photographs.

Brazo del Este & Guadalquivir Marshes Outing

Brazo del Este & Guadalquivir Marshes Outing

On Sat 13th April, we arrived at the Brazo del Este at around 7am, having left Gibraltar at 4:30.  It was still dark, but the growing sound of birds told us that the sun would rise soon. 

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Plants of the Upper Rock Outing

Plants of the Upper Rock Outing

This outing, which took place on Saturday the 30th March was originally planned to cover Mediterranean Steps but, due to gale force levanter wind, we decided to avoid the east side and concentrate on the more sheltered west side of the Rock.

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La Janda Outing

La Janda Outing

The outing to La Janda on Saturday 16th February was productive despite the very strong winds.

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Hassan Centenary Terraces - Joint Statement from the 3 NGOs represented on DPC

Hassan Centenary Terraces - Joint Statement from the 3 NGOs represented on DPC

 The following statement was read out by GONHS General Secretary, Dr Keith Bensusan at the meeting of the Development and Planning Commission on 1th February 2019:

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Purple Sandpiper rescued

Purple Sandpiper rescued

A Purple Sandpiper (Calidris maritima) was rescued from Sandy Bay beach  after being found entangled in discarded fishing line. 

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Wintering Seabirds Outing

Wintering Seabirds Outing

Our first outing of the year took place on Saturday 19th January at Harding's Observation Post, Europa Point.

Despite the forecast, the rain held off for the most part but the dark clouds and offshore breeze were not conducive to a great afternoon's birding.

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EuroBirdwatch 2018

EuroBirdwatch 2018

GONHS celebrated the 25th EuroBirdwatch last weekend, a Europe-wide event organised by BirdLife International to highlight bird migration and conservation.  The event has been celebrated in Gibraltar every year since 1993, when it began.  

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GONHS at BirdFair

GONHS at BirdFair

The Society was represented by our hard-working council member Jill Yeoman, at the Bird Fair held at Egleton Nature Reserve at Rutland Water, Oakham from the 17th - 19th August. 

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